There are so many things to do in Kintyre you might be a bit overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve put together a few of our favourite day trip ideas to help you plan your visit.
Welcome to the whisky coast! Kintyre has a rich whisky history and, together with the islands of Arran and Islay, both just a ferry trip, and Campbeltown just a 40-minute car journey away, when you stay with us there’s no excuse not to find out more about uisge-beatha – the water of life.
Every whisky is different and the best way to find your favourite is, of course, to try them! You’ll find guided tours at each distillery, at the end of which you’ll be invited to try a drop. Whether you decide to visit one, some, or all the distilleries in the area you can be assured of a dram fine day out!
Take in a festival
Kintyre is home to many festivals. From music and art to seafood and whisky (with everything else in between), you’ll not be far from a great day out, whatever time of year you visit. For a list of what’s on in the area visit www.tarbertfestivals.co.uk or ask us when you’re onsite.
Get involved in an event
If you’re a sporty type then look out for events while you’re staying with us. Running events start with 5Ks and stretch all the way up to marathons and ultra marathons. Look out for the popular Mull of Kintyre 10K and Kintyre Way Ultra.
You’ll also find some cycling events too. Challenge yourself on the Kintyre 66 or take part in an organised sportive like the Kilberry Loop.
The Kintyre coastline is blessed with beaches and if you’re staying with us at Muasdale Holiday Park or Bellochantuy Beach you’ve got beautiful sandy beaches just footsteps from your accommodation. Whether you’re looking for miles of golden sands or just want to find a secluded spot to enjoy the views and get away from it all, we’ve got you covered.
There’s nothing quite like getting out on the water and at West Loch Shores we’ve got our own paddlesports centre. You can hire one of our Canadian canoes and go for a paddle around the islands of the West Loch. Or you can take some tuition with our watersports instructor and learn how to kayak or (our favourite) try out some Stand Up Paddleboarding – you’ll be delighted that you did!
Scotland is famous for golf courses and Kintyre has some of the best. From 18-hole championship courses to hidden gem 9-hole courses, you’ll find something to suit you. Did you know Kintyre is home to the only golf course in the world where you can tee off by hitting a ball over the Atlantic Ocean?
If you want to explore the whole of Kintyre then taking the Kintyre 66 is a good way to do it. This 66 mile route takes you around the whole peninsula. Broken down into six bite-sized chunks, do it all in one epic road trip, or take your time and do it at a more leisurely pace.
Castles? Yes, we’ve got them! Tarbert Castle was home to Robert the Bruce and is a must-visit when you’re in the village. And you’ll also find castles right across the peninsula, some of our favourites include Skipness Castle, and Dunaverty Castle – which although little of it remains, is an important historical site. As well as castles, look out for other reminders of our past – including Saint Columba’s footprints.
Go island bagging! You’re only ever a short drive to a ferry terminal, no matter which of our sites you stay at! You’ll find ferry terminals at: Kennacraig for Islay; Cloanaig for Arran and Tayinloan for Gigha. Every island has something special to share and we highly recommend a day trip to at least one of them on your holiday with us.
Eat, drink and be merry
We are blessed with some fabulous eateries in Kintyre. From café fayre right through to fine dining, you won’t go hungry! Just ask any of our staff for local recommendations.
Just chill out
Action packed days are all very good but sometimes you just need to take a breath and relax. Wherever you stay with us you’ll find that just kicking back, enjoying the scenery and soaking up the relaxed atmosphere is the best way to spend a day.